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AFCON 2023: Wednesday’s previews and predictions for group E and F
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AFCON 2023: Wednesday’s previews and predictions for group E and F
By Mangek Promise

  It’s the final day of group stage action at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday with everything still to be decided in both groups E and F.

Mali and Morocco sit atop their respective sections with four points from their first two games, but both are by no means assured of ending the day as group winners. Mali’s advantage is just one point with South Africa and Namibia snapping at their heels. Bottom of the group are Tunisia, who have one point and face a must-win clash with Bafana Bafana to have a hope of sneaking through to the last 16.

Morocco’s position at the summit of Group F is a little more comfortable with the 2022 World Cup semi-finalists two points clear of DR Congo and Zambia. Tanzania are bringing up the rear, but with one point to their name, they could leap into the top two with a victory over DR Congo.

Namibia vs Mali

Mali have acquitted themselves through their first two matches at Afcon, comfortably seeing off South Africa before having the better of a 1-1 draw with Tunisia.

The Brave Warriors could still leapfrog Mali into first place, but will need to pick themselves back up after a 4-0 thrashing by South Africa. After a first-ever Afcon win over Tunisia in round one, Namibia were brought back down to earth by Bafana Bafana, making it eight defeats in 11 Afcon games.


Pick 1: Mali to win
Pick 2: Over 2.5 goals
Pick 3: Over 3.5 first half corners


South Africa vs Tunisia
The third-highest ranked side at Afcon 2023, Tunisia were expected to have no problems getting through a relatively straight forward group. Instead, they find themselves with one point from two games facing a must-win clash with a South Africa side buoyed by their trashing of Namibia.

While Bafana Bafana had no issues finding the net against their neighbours last time out, Tunisia drew a blank against Namibia.

Pick 1: Draw no bet South Africa
Pick 2: Both teams not to score

Tanzania vs DR Congo 

 Wins at Afcon for DR Congo have been few and far between, and yet a fifth victory in their last 23 matches at the tournament will see them advance from the group stage for a fifth time in their last six Afcon appearances.


They will have been the happier of the two sides following their 1-1 draw with tournament favourites Morocco after coming from a goal behind.



With Arthur Masuaku starting the tournament well and the quality of Yoann Wissa up front, DR Congo have the chance to grab a rare Afcon win.


Pick 1: DR Congo to win


Pick 2: Over 2.5 goals

Pick 3: Over 8.5 total corners


Zambia vs Morocco

Morocco were not at their best against DR Congo last time out but that hasn’t affected their standing as Afcon favourites on gambling sites as they close in on a place in the last 16.

The Atlas Lions toiled in the heat of San Pedro, but the draw extended their recent good run of form to one defeat in the last 11 matches.


Here they take on a Zambia team that’s drawn a remarkable eight out of its last nine Afcon matches, the only exception being a 3-1 loss to Morocco in 2021.


Pick 1: Morocco to win

Pick 2: Hakimi to score or assist

Pick 3: Over 8.5 corners